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Also traded in: Argentina, Chile, Germany, Mexico

GuruFocus Financial Strength Rank measures how strong a company’s financial situation is. It is based on these factors

1. The debt burden that the company has as measured by its Interest coverage (current year).
2. Debt to revenue ratio. The lower, the better
3. Altman Z-score.

A company ranks high with financial strength is likely to withstand any business slowdowns and recessions.

Financial Strength : 6/10

vs
industry
vs
history
Cash to Debt 1.03
COST's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
62% of the 361 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.52 vs. COST: 1.03 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Cash to Debt only.
COST' s Cash to Debt Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.03  Med: 1.33 Max: 5.83
Current: 1.03
0.03
5.83
Equity to Asset 0.31
COST's Equity to Asset is ranked lower than
72% of the 359 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.44 vs. COST: 0.31 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Equity to Asset only.
COST' s Equity to Asset Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.3  Med: 0.45 Max: 0.54
Current: 0.31
0.3
0.54
Interest Coverage 27.64
COST's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
56% of the 264 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 18.93 vs. COST: 27.64 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Interest Coverage only.
COST' s Interest Coverage Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 16.45  Med: 26.80 Max: 129.33
Current: 27.64
16.45
129.33
F-Score: 7
Z-Score: 5.51
M-Score: -2.64
WACC vs ROIC
7.66%
24.93%
WACC
ROIC
GuruFocus Profitability Rank ranks how profitable a company is and how likely the company’s business will stay that way. It is based on these factors:

1. Operating Margin
2. Trend of the Operating Margin (5-year average). The company with an uptrend profit margin has a higher rank.
••3. Consistency of the profitability
4. Piotroski F-Score
5. Predictability Rank•

The maximum rank is 10. A rank of 7 or higher means a higher profitability and may stay that way. A rank of 3 or lower indicates that the company has had trouble to make a profit.

Profitability Rank is not directly related to the Financial Strength Rank. But if a company is consistently profitable, its financial strength will be stronger.

Profitability & Growth : 8/10

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industry
vs
history
Operating margin (%) 3.11
COST's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
51% of the 362 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 3.01 vs. COST: 3.11 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Operating margin (%) only.
COST' s Operating margin (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 2.49  Med: 2.73 Max: 3.12
Current: 3.11
2.49
3.12
Net-margin (%) 2.03
COST's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
55% of the 362 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.82 vs. COST: 2.03 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Net-margin (%) only.
COST' s Net-margin (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.52  Med: 1.75 Max: 2.05
Current: 2.03
1.52
2.05
ROE (%) 21.61
COST's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
91% of the 354 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 7.82 vs. COST: 21.61 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROE (%) only.
COST' s ROE (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 11.31  Med: 13.42 Max: 20.74
Current: 21.61
11.31
20.74
ROA (%) 6.92
COST's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
78% of the 362 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 3.03 vs. COST: 6.92 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROA (%) only.
COST' s ROA (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 5.09  Med: 6.36 Max: 7.15
Current: 6.92
5.09
7.15
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 24.45
COST's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
71% of the 361 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 15.02 vs. COST: 24.45 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) only.
COST' s ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 17.14  Med: 21.36 Max: 24.66
Current: 24.45
17.14
24.66
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) 5.20
COST's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
53% of the 308 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 4.30 vs. COST: 5.20 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) only.
COST' s Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 5.2  Med: 10.10 Max: 14.9
Current: 5.2
5.2
14.9
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) 8.50
COST's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
62% of the 274 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 5.20 vs. COST: 8.50 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) only.
COST' s EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 6  Med: 9.70 Max: 15.2
Current: 8.5
6
15.2
EPS Growth (3Y)(%) 11.30
COST's EPS Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
66% of the 235 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 4.80 vs. COST: 11.30 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EPS Growth (3Y)(%) only.
COST' s EPS Growth (3Y)(%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 2.4  Med: 11.30 Max: 22.5
Current: 11.3
2.4
22.5
» COST's 10-Y Financials

Financials (Next Earnings Date: 2016-03-02)


Revenue & Net Income
Cash & Debt
Oprt. Cash Flow & Free Cash Flow

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Guru Trades

Q1 2015

COST Guru Trades in Q1 2015

John Burbank 2,818 sh (New)
Jim Chanos 29,310 sh (New)
Lee Ainslie 1,760 sh (New)
Pioneer Investments 22,735 sh (+1479.92%)
Ken Fisher 3,089 sh (+9.23%)
John Rogers 3,500 sh (+3.28%)
Mairs and Power 2,641 sh (unchged)
Warren Buffett 4,333,363 sh (unchged)
Tom Russo 5,655 sh (unchged)
Tom Gayner 39,000 sh (unchged)
PRIMECAP Management Sold Out
RS Investment Management Sold Out
Stanley Druckenmiller Sold Out
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
Joel Greenblatt Sold Out
Ruane Cunniff 740,950 sh (-0.04%)
Mario Gabelli 104,415 sh (-0.99%)
Ron Baron 15,765 sh (-1.30%)
Jeremy Grantham 1,992,868 sh (-1.89%)
Jeff Auxier 11,548 sh (-6.86%)
Chris Davis 3,464,872 sh (-23.39%)
Signature Select Canadian Fund 47,900 sh (-33.75%)
Jim Simons 1,195,000 sh (-38.88%)
Ray Dalio 10,450 sh (-72.68%)
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Q2 2015

COST Guru Trades in Q2 2015

Jim Chanos 63,119 sh (+115.35%)
Ken Fisher 4,473 sh (+44.80%)
Mairs and Power 2,798 sh (+5.94%)
John Rogers 3,706 sh (+5.89%)
Lee Ainslie 1,760 sh (unchged)
Warren Buffett 4,333,363 sh (unchged)
Tom Russo 5,655 sh (unchged)
Tom Gayner 39,000 sh (unchged)
Pioneer Investments Sold Out
Ray Dalio Sold Out
John Burbank Sold Out
Ron Baron 15,729 sh (-0.23%)
Jeff Auxier 11,449 sh (-0.86%)
Chris Davis 3,418,654 sh (-1.33%)
Ruane Cunniff 722,733 sh (-2.46%)
Jim Simons 1,160,939 sh (-2.85%)
Mario Gabelli 97,975 sh (-6.17%)
Jeremy Grantham 1,296,268 sh (-34.95%)
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Q3 2015

COST Guru Trades in Q3 2015

John Rogers 14,063 sh (+279.47%)
Ken Fisher 5,119 sh (+14.44%)
Mairs and Power 3,138 sh (+12.15%)
Tom Russo 6,295 sh (+11.32%)
Ruane Cunniff 765,336 sh (+5.89%)
Jeff Auxier 11,450 sh (+0.01%)
Tom Gayner 39,000 sh (unchged)
Warren Buffett 4,333,363 sh (unchged)
Jim Chanos 1,700 sh (unchged)
Lee Ainslie 1,760 sh (unchged)
Signature Select Canadian Fund Sold Out
Ron Baron 15,692 sh (-0.24%)
Jim Chanos 60,115 sh (-4.76%)
Jeremy Grantham 1,173,956 sh (-9.44%)
Chris Davis 3,006,971 sh (-12.04%)
Jim Simons 649,400 sh (-44.06%)
Mario Gabelli 51,825 sh (-47.10%)
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Q4 2015

COST Guru Trades in Q4 2015

Jeff Auxier 11,450 sh (unchged)
Mario Gabelli 47,445 sh (-8.45%)
Ken Fisher 3,814 sh (-25.49%)
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Guru Investment Theses on Costco Wholesale Corp

Meridian Funds Comments on Costco - Aug 31, 2015

Costco (NASDAQ:COST) operates a differentiated business model, which is membership-based warehouse clubs. The paid membership base exceeds 42 million paying households and (at $55 per year) generates $2.4 billion in annual membership fees. This revenue is visible, recurring in nature, and over time, offers significant operating leverage as Costco gradually implements fee increases. Customers sign up because they receive significant value from Costco's ability to leverage its purchasing power to offer high quality brands at discounted value. Costco has always protected its brand and reputation, and, in many ways, was the original big box to think about the strategic benefits of customer relationships as opposed to driving traffic and transaction counts. Although the stock has recently lagged the broader S&P, Costco remains a core holding of the fund.





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Ratios

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industry
vs
history
P/E(ttm) 27.70
COST's P/E(ttm) is ranked lower than
77% of the 463 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 19.89 vs. COST: 27.70 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/E(ttm) only.
COST' s P/E(ttm) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 14.33  Med: 24.20 Max: 31.24
Current: 27.7
14.33
31.24
Forward P/E 23.26
COST's Forward P/E is ranked lower than
87% of the 325 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 15.55 vs. COST: 23.26 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward P/E only.
N/A
PE(NRI) 27.80
COST's PE(NRI) is ranked lower than
69% of the 358 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 21.00 vs. COST: 27.80 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PE(NRI) only.
COST' s PE(NRI) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 14.38  Med: 24.21 Max: 31.29
Current: 27.8
14.38
31.29
P/B 6.00
COST's P/B is ranked lower than
99.99% of the 461 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.56 vs. COST: 6.00 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/B only.
COST' s P/B Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.86  Med: 2.98 Max: 6.76
Current: 6
1.86
6.76
P/S 0.56
COST's P/S is ranked lower than
60% of the 462 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.44 vs. COST: 0.56 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/S only.
COST' s P/S Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.24  Med: 0.43 Max: 0.63
Current: 0.56
0.24
0.63
PFCF 46.41
COST's PFCF is ranked lower than
76% of the 365 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 21.50 vs. COST: 46.41 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PFCF only.
COST' s PFCF Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 13.8  Med: 30.02 Max: 116.38
Current: 46.41
13.8
116.38
POCF 16.52
COST's POCF is ranked lower than
75% of the 461 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 10.71 vs. COST: 16.52 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful POCF only.
COST' s POCF Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 8.04  Med: 13.18 Max: 18.62
Current: 16.52
8.04
18.62
EV-to-EBIT 18.39
COST's EV-to-EBIT is ranked lower than
73% of the 463 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 13.82 vs. COST: 18.39 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBIT only.
COST' s EV-to-EBIT Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 8.3  Med: 13.70 Max: 19.8
Current: 18.39
8.3
19.8
EV-to-EBITDA 14.07
COST's EV-to-EBITDA is ranked lower than
78% of the 462 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 10.25 vs. COST: 14.07 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBITDA only.
COST' s EV-to-EBITDA Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 6.1  Med: 10.40 Max: 15.2
Current: 14.07
6.1
15.2
PEG 2.75
COST's PEG is ranked lower than
58% of the 161 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 2.13 vs. COST: 2.75 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PEG only.
COST' s PEG Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.24  Med: 2.37 Max: 3.24
Current: 2.75
1.24
3.24
Shiller P/E 39.73
COST's Shiller P/E is ranked lower than
89% of the 120 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 20.08 vs. COST: 39.73 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Shiller P/E only.
COST' s Shiller P/E Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 18.65  Med: 33.55 Max: 44.72
Current: 39.73
18.65
44.72
Current Ratio 1.03
COST's Current Ratio is ranked lower than
63% of the 355 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.19 vs. COST: 1.03 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Current Ratio only.
COST' s Current Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.94  Med: 1.11 Max: 1.25
Current: 1.03
0.94
1.25
Quick Ratio 0.46
COST's Quick Ratio is ranked lower than
73% of the 355 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.74 vs. COST: 0.46 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Quick Ratio only.
COST' s Quick Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.15  Med: 0.50 Max: 0.66
Current: 0.46
0.15
0.66
Days Inventory 33.41
COST's Days Inventory is ranked higher than
57% of the 352 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 40.02 vs. COST: 33.41 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Inventory only.
COST' s Days Inventory Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 28.51  Med: 29.73 Max: 31.36
Current: 33.41
28.51
31.36
Days Sales Outstanding 4.26
COST's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked higher than
74% of the 277 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 15.10 vs. COST: 4.26 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Sales Outstanding only.
COST' s Days Sales Outstanding Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 3.43  Med: 3.90 Max: 4.32
Current: 4.26
3.43
4.32
Days Payable 37.39
COST's Days Payable is ranked lower than
63% of the 297 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 47.18 vs. COST: 37.39 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Payable only.
COST' s Days Payable Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 30.03  Med: 31.59 Max: 33.14
Current: 37.39
30.03
33.14

Dividend & Buy Back

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industry
vs
history
Dividend Yield 1.08
COST's Dividend Yield is ranked lower than
86% of the 457 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 2.09 vs. COST: 1.08 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Yield only.
COST' s Dividend Yield Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.79  Med: 1.03 Max: 1.64
Current: 1.08
0.79
1.64
Dividend Payout 0.29
COST's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
74% of the 298 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.39 vs. COST: 0.29 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Payout only.
COST' s Dividend Payout Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.16  Med: 0.26 Max: 0.38
Current: 0.29
0.16
0.38
Dividend Growth (3y) 13.60
COST's Dividend Growth (3y) is ranked higher than
67% of the 166 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 6.50 vs. COST: 13.60 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Growth (3y) only.
COST' s Dividend Growth (3y) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0  Med: 11.50 Max: 40.1
Current: 13.6
0
40.1
Forward Dividend Yield 1.08
COST's Forward Dividend Yield is ranked lower than
77% of the 453 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.95 vs. COST: 1.08 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward Dividend Yield only.
N/A
Yield on cost (5-Year) 2.04
COST's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked lower than
57% of the 457 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 2.54 vs. COST: 2.04 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Yield on cost (5-Year) only.
COST' s Yield on cost (5-Year) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.55  Med: 2.02 Max: 3.21
Current: 2.04
1.55
3.21
3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio -0.30
COST's 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio is ranked higher than
56% of the 214 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: -0.50 vs. COST: -0.30 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio only.
COST' s 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -4.9  Med: 0.00 Max: 3.3
Current: -0.3
-4.9
3.3

Valuation & Return

vs
industry
vs
history
Price/Tangible Book 6.00
COST's Price/Tangible Book is ranked lower than
81% of the 436 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 2.32 vs. COST: 6.00 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Tangible Book only.
COST' s Price/Tangible Book Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 2.02  Med: 3.08 Max: 6.54
Current: 6
2.02
6.54
Price/Projected FCF 2.19
COST's Price/Projected FCF is ranked lower than
75% of the 342 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.72 vs. COST: 2.19 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Projected FCF only.
COST' s Price/Projected FCF Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.03  Med: 1.86 Max: 7.95
Current: 2.19
1.03
7.95
Price/DCF (Earnings Based) 1.92
COST's Price/DCF (Earnings Based) is ranked lower than
71% of the 78 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.22 vs. COST: 1.92 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/DCF (Earnings Based) only.
N/A
Price/Median PS Value 1.31
COST's Price/Median PS Value is ranked lower than
74% of the 463 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.00 vs. COST: 1.31 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Median PS Value only.
COST' s Price/Median PS Value Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.42  Med: 1.01 Max: 1.88
Current: 1.31
0.42
1.88
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 2.88
COST's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked lower than
82% of the 138 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.94 vs. COST: 2.88 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value only.
COST' s Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.34  Med: 2.27 Max: 3.14
Current: 2.88
1.34
3.14
Price/Graham Number 2.72
COST's Price/Graham Number is ranked lower than
75% of the 394 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.64 vs. COST: 2.72 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Graham Number only.
COST' s Price/Graham Number Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.18  Med: 1.86 Max: 3.18
Current: 2.72
1.18
3.18
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) 5.40
COST's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
53% of the 359 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 5.70 vs. COST: 5.40 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) only.
COST' s Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 5  Med: 7.30 Max: 12.1
Current: 5.4
5
12.1
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) 12.24
COST's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) is ranked higher than
67% of the 224 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 6.70 vs. COST: 12.24 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) only.
COST' s Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 10.5  Med: 13.10 Max: 15.5
Current: 12.24
10.5
15.5

More Statistics

Revenue(Mil) $116553
EPS $ 5.34
Beta0.86
Short Percentage of Float1.33%
52-Week Range $117.03 - 169.73
Shares Outstanding(Mil)439.78

Analyst Estimate

Aug16 Aug17 Aug18
Revenue(Mil) 123,481 134,113 144,773
EPS($) 5.64 6.37 7.18
EPS without NRI($) 5.64 6.37 7.18

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Business Description

Industry: Retail - Defensive » Discount Stores
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Traded in other countries:COST.Argentina, COST.Chile, CTO.Germany, COST.Mexico,
Costco Wholesale Corp was incorporated in Washington and started operations in 1983. The Company and its subsidiaries operates membership warehouses and offers its members low prices on a limited selection of nationally branded and select private-label products in merchandise categories. The Company's online business operates websites in the U.S., Canada, U.K., and Mexico. The category of items sold includes Food including dry and institutionally packaged foods, Sundries including snack foods, candy, tobacco, alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages, and cleaning and institutional supplies, Hardlines including appliances, electronics, health and beauty aids, hardware, garden and patio, and office supplies, Fresh Food including meat, produce, deli, and bakery, Softlines including apparel, small appliances, and home furnishings, and Ancillary and Other including gas stations, pharmacy, food court, and optical. Ancillary businesses within or next to its warehouses provide expanded products and services and encourage members to shop more frequently. The ancillary businesses in operation include Food Courts, Photo Processing Centers, Optical Dispensing Centers, Pharmacies, Hearing-Aid Centers, Gas Stations and warehouses. Its trademarks include Costco Wholesale and its private label brand, Kirkland Signature. Marketing activities generally include community outreach programs to local businesses in new and existing markets and direct mail to prospective new members. Ongoing promotional programs relate to coupon mailers. The Company competes with warehouse club operations across the U.S. and Mexico Wal-Mart's Sam's Club and BJ's Wholesale Club. In addition, it competes with global, national and regional wholesalers and retailers, including supermarkets, supercenters, department and specialty stores, gasoline stations, and internet retailers. Competitors such as Wal-Mart, Target, Kohl's and Amazon.com are among its general merchandise retail competitors. It also competes with operators selling a single category or narrow range of merchandise, such as Lowe's, Home Depot, Office Depot, PetSmart, Staples, Kroger, Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, CVS, Walgreens, and Best Buy.
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